The government is in consultation to review subsidy arrangements for large-scale biomass generation to bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, following the approval of plans for Drax to convert two of its biomass units to remove carbon dioxide. The consultation is open for comments until February 29. Drax CEO Will Gardner welcomed the announcement as a step forward in delivering BECCS, the only credible large-scale technology for generating renewable power and carbon removals. However, Drax’s receipt of subsidies to burn imported woodchips has come under fire from various sources including MPs, think tanks, and climate campaigners, who argue that the government should focus on delivering genuinely green energy solutions like wind, solar, and storage instead.
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